Educating, Organizing, & Mobilizing
A. Philip Randolph
Campus High School
The engagement of the SBI community, which we identify as an Inclusive Grassroots Cooperative (IGC), prevented the school from being closed for reorganization or designated a co-location site. Through direct communication with the NYCDOE Chancellor and the Deputy Mayor for Education, the IGC was able to protect the A. Philip Randolph Campus High School. The IGC succeeded in preserving the Randolph High legacy for the thousands of its alumni and maintaining it as a source of pride in our city’s communities of color. Read more!
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Our Urban Education
Laboratory School Proposal
In 2005, SBI proposed a new vision for Randolph High that would transform it into an urban experimental laboratory school. As such, it would serve as the education hub for Northern Manhattan secondary-schools and become a resource center for urban educators across the country. Our proposal was presented to the NYCDOE Chancellor and a feasibility study by the School Construction Authority was authorized and launched. The six-month study took place in 2006.
The proposal called for the total interior redesign of Randolph’s 1925 landmarked building. All instructional spaces would be upgraded both architecturally and technologically, with flexible furniture layout, natural light and the latest presentation technology. The plans included a 6th floor Conference/Training Center to accommodate teacher training workshops and educational presentations by guest lecturers. The student cafeteria would be renovated and connected to an outside landscaped plaza. The auditorium was to be upgraded into a contemporary performance space suitable for full scale music and theatrical performances. Furthermore, a new gymnasium/expo center, was to be constructed in the courtyard area to serve the athletic program needs of Randolph and neighboring high schools. It would also serve as the site for joint educational events organized by the Northern Manhattan hub.
This proposed laboratory school was developed by the Inclusive Grassroots Cooperative. Although the School Construction Authority removed our proposal from consideration in 2007, the project remains the vision for this organized community. When we succeed in implementing a public education project of this scope, it will inspire and empower others.
SBI plans to submit a new version of the proposal in 2027!
“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”